Trivia: Interesting that although Phoebe could confuse Dudley Moore and Demi Moore as well as Andie MacDowell and Roddy McDowall, she knew their hairstyles from memory. Of course, if she'd been working from photographs, as one would expect, there would be no confusion, and therefore no comic situation.
Goof: After Ross and Julie arrive home from China, Ross says that they need to get some sleep because it is 6 o'clock tomorrow night their time. However, China is only 12 hours ahead and it was nighttime in New York (meaning it would be morning in China).
Trivia: Paolo says "Buongiorno a tutti" to the gang, which means "Good Morning to all of you."
Continuity: In this episode Joey says that he has been going to the same tailor for 12 years, since he was 15 or 16 years old. This must mean he is about 27 now, and therefor has aged 2 years since "The One with the Birth" where he said he was 25.
Trivia: When Ross and Rachel are talking out on the balcony, an instrumental variation on the Friends theme song, "I'll be there for you" can be heard.
Goof: When Rachel is trying to leave the airport but falls over the chairs, you can clearly see she lands on a big mat.
Continuity: When Monica tells the rest of the gang that Rachel went to the airport and she was going to go for it with Ross, they all looked surprised, even Chandler. In the last episode of Season 1, when Rachel was leaving for the airport, she ran into Chandler in the hall and told him it was "a good going to the airport".
Joey: I swear to God, Dad. That's not how they measure pants!
Joey: How are you doing?
Rachel: I'm okay.
Joey: Ooh, that bad, huh? Look, I can sense when women are depressed and vulnerable. It's one of my gifts.
Rachel: When I saw him get off that plane with her, I really thought I hit rock bottom. But today, it's like there's rock bottom, then fifty feet of crap, then me.
Monica: (About sleeping with Paolo) Rachel, how did this happen?
Rachel: I don't know, I just kind of ran into him last night.
Rachel: At his apartment.
Rachel: Uh, morning. Do you guys think you could close your eyes for just a sec?
Joey: No no no no no, I'm not falling for that again.
Phoebe: What's going on?
Rachel: Well, I sort of did a stupid thing last night.
Chandler: What stupid thing did you do?
Paolo: Buon giorno a tutti!
Rachel: Okay, okay, okay. How did this happen to me? How did this happen to me? A week ago, two weeks ago, I was fine. Ross was just Ross, just this guy. Now he's Ross, oh, this really great guy that I can't have.
Monica: Pheebs, you know what I'm thinking?
Phoebe: Oh, okay. How it's been so long since you've had sex, you're wondering if they've changed it?
Monica: No, although now that's what I'm thinking.
Chandler: He said, he said... that they're having a great time. I'm sorry. But, the silver lining, if you wanna see it, is that he made the decision all by himself without any outside help whatsoever.
Rachel: How is that the silver lining?
Chandler: You have to really wanna see it.
Ross: (At Central Perk) Hey, Rachel, can I get some coffee?
Rachel: Yeah, sure.
Ross: Thank you.
Chandler: Hey, Rach, can I get--
Rachel: Did you talk to him?
Chandler: Not yet.
Rachel: Then, no.
Julie: (Meeting the gang) Hi, but I'm not here; you haven't met me. I'll make a much better first impression tomorrow when I don't have twenty hours of cab and plane on me.
Monica: I'm telling you, she went to the airport, and she's gonna go for it with Ross.
Phoebe: Oh, my God. This is huge. This is bigger than huge. This is like, all right, what's bigger than huge?
Joey: Um, this?
Rachel: (Giving the flowers to Julie) These are for you. Welcome to our country.
Julie: Thank you. I'm from New York.
Monica: Well, I was thinking that you gave the guys such great haircuts, I thought, maybe you'd like to do mine?
Phoebe: Oh. No.
Monica: Why not?
Phoebe: Because, I'm just, I'm incredibly anal and an unbelievable control freak.
Monica: No you're not.
Phoebe: I know I'm not, but you are.
Monica: You know it's funny, the last time Paolo was here, my hair was so much shorter and cuter.
Phoebe: All right. Okay, but, but you have to promise that you will not be all like control-y and bossy and Monica about it.
Phoebe: (To Paolo) Okay, you're gonna have to not touch my ass.
Monica: Guys, you got your hair cut.
Chandler: Yes, yes, we did, thanks to Vidal Buffay.
Phoebe: 'Cause, you know, if you don't look good, we don't look good. I love that voice.
Rachel: (Panting) Ross... not alone. Julie... arm around her... Cramp... Cramp!
Chandler: Okay, I think she's trying to tell us something. Quick get the verbs.
Rachel: You... you you said he liked me. (Ross and Julie enter) You, you slow pokes!
Ross: That's okay, Rach. We got the bags.
Frankie: How long do you want the cuffs?
Chandler: Well, at least as long as I have the pants.
Ross: There was always this little voice saying "It's never gonna happen." You know whose voice that was?
Ross: It was you.
Chandler: Maybe it was God doing me. I mean besides being all powerful and mighty, He's a wiz at voices.
Rachel: Julie! Julie, isn't that great? I mean, isn't that just kick-you-in-the-crotch, spit-on-your-neck fantastic?
Monica: (To Julie) It's an expression.
Ross: (About Monica's new haircut) How's the hair?
Phoebe: I'm not gonna lie to you Ross, it doesn't look good. I put a clip on one side which seems to have stopped the curling.
Joey: Can we see her?
Phoebe: Your hair looks too good, I think it would just upset her. Ross, why don't you come on in.
Joey: Hey Chandler, when you see Frankie, tell him Joey Tribbiani says hello. He'll know what it means.
Chandler: Are you sure he's gonna be able to crack that code?
Ross: We have to get some sleep. It's really six o'clock tomorrow night our time.
Chandler: Okay, but don't tell me what happens cause I like to be surprised!
Ross: (About Paolo) Okay, um well then I think, uh, I think the guy's scum. I mean it, I mean, I actually, I ...I physically hate him.
Rachel: Excuse me, who gave her our phone number?
Phoebe: Okay, well who had the motive? Was it the actor? The chef? The masseuse? Or... was it the guy who's dating her?
Joey: Guy who's dating! Guy who's dating her!
Joey: I've been with my share of women... In fact, I've been with a lot of people's share of women.
Chandler: Hey, anybody know a good tailor?
Joey: Needs some clothes altered?
Chandler: No, no, I'm just looking for a man to draw on me with chalk.
Joey: Why don't you go see Frankie? My family's been going to him forever. He did my first suit when I was 15. No, wait, 16. No, excuse me, 15. All right, when was 1990?
Chandler: Okay, you have to stop the Q-tip when there's resistance!
Chandler: Joey's tailor... took advantage of me.
Joey: No way, I've been going to the guy for twelve years.
Chandler: Oh come on, he said he was going to do my inseem, then he ran his hand up my leg and then there was definite...
Ross: What? (Chandler closes his eyes)
Joey: That's how they do pants! First they go up one side, they move it over, then they go up the other side then they move it back, and then they do the rear. Ross, will you tell him. Isn't that how a tailor measures pants?
Ross: Yes, yes it is... in prison!
Ross: Hey, Paolo. What are you doing here?
Paolo: I do Raquel!
Continuity: In Season 1, the lower half of Central Perk's main window is frosted glass. Starting with this episode, it is clear.
International Episode Title:
Czech Republic: Rossova nová přítelkyně (Ross's New Girlfriend)
Beginning this season, the view from Monica's windows have changed, especially from the living room. Instead of several buildings seen at a distance in buff brick with fire escapes, there is now only a single red brick wall, very close and with only a few windows visible. There is also an adjoining wall extending from Monica's terrace, suggesting that Monica's and "Ugly-naked-guy's" apartments are in wings of the same building, separated only by a courtyard.
This is the final appearance of Cosimo Fusco as Paolo. Paolo was in 4 episodes of Friends.
This is the first episode with Ross's name in the title of the episode.
This episode has a new opening sequence, showing clips from Season 2.
Starting with this episode, Friends moved to 8:00 on Thursdays where it would stay for the remainder of its run.
This episode runs 23:58 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00), some of the additional dialogue includes Phoebe, Rachel, Monica and Joey arguing over who gave Julie the number to the girls' apartment.
Phoebe reporting to the others on the condition of Monica's hair alludes to a dozen different movies in which a doctor is explaining a patient's condition to family following surgery; especially if the patient has little hope of recovering.
Phoebe: Andie MacDowell's the girl from Four Weddings and a Funeral, right?
Rachel: No. No no no no no. That's Roddy McDowall. Andie MacDowell is the guy from Planet of the Apes.
Andie MacDowell is an American actress famous for her roles in Groundhog Day and Four Weddings and a Funeral, a 1994 romantic comedy which the Friends gang watched in "The One Where the Monkey Gets Away".
Roddy McDowall was an English actor who starred in over 150 movies and television series including Planet of the Apes, a 1968 sci-fi film.
Phoebe: Well, he was a he in Arthur and in 10.
Monica: That's Dudley Moore.
Monica: Even Mary Tyler Moore would've been better.
Phoebe: And the winner is Ava Gardner.
Ava Gardner was an American screen actress who worked on film and television. She is listed as one of the American Film Institutes's greatest stars of all time.
Chandler: (To Monica about her new hair cut) It could be worse. You could get caught between the moon and New York City. I know it's crazy, but it's true.
Chandler was referring to the song "Theme from Arthur", also known as "Between the moon and New York City", which starred Dudley Moore.
Chandler: Yes, yes, we did, thanks to Vidal Buffay.
Vidal Sasson is a famous hair stylist.
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